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What was the Black Death?
- another name for the guillotine
- a disease that killed many people in Europe
- the name for secret soldiers in the Roman army
The Black Death was a plague that killed millions of people in Europe in the 1300s. The plague was spread by fleas on rats, and people could catch it from other people. The plague changed how people lived and helped create the Renaissance in Europe.
The Black Death
The Black Death was a plague that spread throughout Europe in the mid-1300s killing millions of people. It was caused by fleas living on black rats. The symptoms of the Black Death included fever and chills, vomiting, and coughing up blood. The effects of the Black Death were far-reaching and long-lasting. It changed the social and economic systems of Europe by killing about one-third of the population and leading to the rise of new cultures.
What do you think was the most significant cause of the Black Death?
- A natural disaster
- A disease spread by fleas
- A curse from God
- A punishment from the devil
The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30-60% of Europe's population in the 14th century. The Black Death caused the average wages of laborers to increase due to the labor shortage caused by the massive death toll.
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How does the Black Plague remind you of Covid?
What were the effects of the Black Death on European society?
How would you have reacted if you had been alive during the Black Death?
EXIT: What can we learn from the Black Death to help prevent the spread of disease today?